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Jordan, Telemark, Norway
Spring 2012

Minot State University senior, Jordon Lakoduk, attended MSU’s partner institution in Norway, Telemark University College, or Høgskolen i Telemark, at the Bø campus. Jordan is double majoring in marketing and management information systems, and he found the program to be academically stimulating and personally rewarding.

Rather than stick to solely business courses while he was abroad, Jordan decided to also enroll in courses covering Norwegian history, Norwegian language and Skiing, Hiking and Tourism in the Environment. His tourism class proved to be especially interesting, as it discussed how countries can work to make tourism more environmentally friendly. One example of this “green” philosophy would be researching ways to reduce emissions from cruise ships that sail along fjords. Jordon also studied virtual tourism, an innovative concept which allows people to access virtual tours online instead of travelling to the country themselves. If virtual tourism becomes popular, the environment would be impacted less, and tourists could save time and money.

In Bø, Jordon was quickly immersed in the Norwegian way of life. He embraced the culture, which celebrates the outdoors and is characterized as friluftsliv-- loosely translated to mean open air life. Norwegians are encouraged from a very young age to spend time significant amounts of time in nature. An example of fruluftsliv can be seen as early as kindergarten, where ice slides are built and playgrounds extend into the woods. As adults, this means incorporating outdoor sports into everyday life. Nearly everyone enjoys hiking and skiing, going to the lake or exploring the countryside. Describing how living and studying in Norway affected him, Jordan says “I became a lot more interested in my surroundings. Even though North Dakota is not the most mountainous area, there are nearby places that you can explore.” Clearly, for those who love the outdoors, Norway is a great place to be!

Learn more about MSU's Exchange Program to Telemark, Norway!